Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.
Thursday, June 21
10:00am – 12:00pm
Denise Bosworth of Rohrbach’s Farm will be our special guest at the museum to help you get hands-on with a favorite ripe, red summer fruit. Activities and crafts for all ages. Free with admission.
Families with Special Needs Night
Friday, June 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm
During this unique program, the museum is open just for families with special needs. Extra staff will be on hand to help you and your loved ones get the most out of the museum’s exhibits and activities. Admission is free for families with special needs members. All ages welcome.
Pennsylvania Pond Day
Saturday, June 30
11:00am – 1:00pm
Hop into the museum for an introduction to pond life through activities and crafts. Free with regular admission.
First Friday at The Museum
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Monthly on the first Friday the museum will be OPEN UNTIL 8p.m. the first Friday of every month! Special activities for the whole family.
June 1, 6-7 p.m. – Beach Party: Kinetic Sand Fun!
July 6, 6-7 p.m. – Urie Kline: Lyco Taiko Drumming
August 3, 6-7 p.m. – Culture Café: African Diaspora
Japanese Taiko Experience
Friday, July 6th 6-7p.m.
Come learn about Japanese taiko, an exciting art form that combines drumming and movement. Members of Williamsport’s Lyco Taiko group will perform, share aspects of the history and culture of taiko, and even provide opportunities for hands-on involvement! Open to all ages and family friendly. Free with Admission.
“May the Force Be With You” Day
Saturday, July 14
10:30am – 2:00pm
Meet and take pictures with professional Star Wars characters, make your own lightsaber, enjoy new games, crafts, food vendors. Plus dunk-a-trooper, jedi obstacle course, blast-a-trooper and new activities for this year’s event. $1 off admission if you wear Star Wars t-shirt or costume!
Touch A Truck
Saturday, August 4
10:00am – 12:00pm
Join us at the museum for a fun-filled day with trucks of all kinds. Get an up-close, hands-on look at loaders, campers, tractors, fire engines, and more! Reduced admission is only $5.
Infant – Preschool Classes/Programs
Wonder, Play, Learn…Naturally: PreK Mini Series
Friday, May 11th, 18th, 25th
10:00am – 11:00am
This early childhood mini-series for children ages 18mths – 5yrs and their caregivers offering
developmentally appropriate experiences outside to explore, discover, learn and connect with nature through play. All sessions will be outside unless the weather is extreme (lightening, highwinds, etc.) and will include a response to good children’s literature and a little music and movement. We will hunt for nature treasures, observe, manipulate, sort, imagine, pretend and create. While connecting with some like minded adults, grown-ups will learn about styles of play and how to authentically support the most powerful kind of learning, play. Facilitated by Susan Stone, a seasoned educator with a diverse and active career in the classroom and administration. Susan says, ” How lucky am I to combine my favorites – young children and parents in the outdoors!”” Registration required. $7/class for each student. Walk-ins welcome on a first come, first served basis.
May 11 – Nature Art is inspired by the works of Andy Goldsburg whose sculptures utilize all things natural. We will search for our materials and create a work of art. It is all about art as a process…and of course getting messy, the foundation for creativity!
May 18 – Homes and Hideouts focuses on the play schema, enclosing/enveloping. We will build shelters with natural materials for magical forest creatures…or maybe even ourselves! Let the pretend begin!
May 25 – Celebrate Mother Earth! is a play scenario in which all ages can engage. Who doesn’t love a party? We will collect nature treasure “ingredients” to create a pretend feast, decorations and maybe even a gift for Mother Earth using several play schemas, our imaginations and multiple senses.
Preschool Summer Camps
Ages 3-5 & their care givers. 4 day camp, runs 1 hour. $50/child, member discount applies. See Summer Camp page for full details.
Jungle Creatures: PreK Yoga Camp — June 5-8
Music & Movement Around the World — June 12-15
Music Together Preview Class
Friday August 17th 10:15-11a.m.
Friday August 24th 10:15-11a.m.
This internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program is led by certified music teacher, Kerry Kenny. Music Together® stimulates a love for music, movement, and learning in children ages newborn to kindergarten and the adults who love them. Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Music CD & Songbook included. 8 class sessions run from Friday, Sept. 14th to Nov. 2nd at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Registration required.
Girls Who Code
June 20 & June 21
10:00am – 1:00pm
This two-day workshop deepens girls’ computer science skills as well as their confidence. Girls grades 6-12 learn the concepts to build websites, apps, and robots including loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. A safe and supportive environment of peers & role models; girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Call Museum to RSVP. Free Program.
Box of Light Teen Camp: Stop Motion Animation
August 13th – 16th 10am-12:30 p.m.
Are you a fan of Kubo and the Two Strings, The Nightmare Before Christmas or Wallace and Gromit? This camp will teach students ages 12-16 to make their own stop motion masterpiece. We’ll work with clay, paper, Legos® and anything else we can get our hands on in this active camp. You will learn how to not only create smooth movement on screen but how to shape your film for comedy or drama, how (and why) to use sound effects to punctuate your film and how to move your film through the process of conception, creation and presentation. Animators, your film career starts here! Facilitated by Box of Light Director Rand Whipple. Contact museum to register. $110 per student. Need-based scholarships available.
School Ages Programs
Summer Art Party
Saturdays. 11 am-Noon
It’s time for Saturday art projects in the museum garden! Let your imagination soar with color, texture and motion. Spaces are limited, so RSVP by contacting the museum. Recommended for ages 5+. Free with regular admission. Classes during inclement weather will be held in the museum.
June 9: Galaxy Bubble Mural
July 7: 3D Nature Suncatcher
August 18: Smash Painting
Try this hands-on MAKER SPACE project series, held every other Thursday June 28 – Aug 9th, most for ages 6-12. Children ages 8+ can work independently, ages 7 and under should be guided by a parent. Spaces are limited. Call the museum to RSVP and save a seat. Walk-ins are first come, first served.
Geocaching 101 Thursday, June 28 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Enjoy the outdoors? Hiking? Nature? A good puzzle or game of Hide-and-Seek? You might want to try your hand at Geocaching, a sort of outdoor game of hide-and-seek. The game is played using a GPS (Global Positioning System)-enabled device, such as a handheld GPS or smartphone. No device is needed to learn the basics of this family-friendly treasure hunt game! Ages 8+ Cost: Museum admission plus $5 material fee.
Intro to Soldering Thursday, July 12 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Everyone can learn how to solder! This course will cover simple circuits, how soldering works, safety, how to fix mistakes and making a simple light up project. Ages 6+ Cost: Museum admission plus $5 material fee
DIY Microbot Soldering Thursday, July 26 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Students will solder together a light sensing microrobot. Requires soldering experience. Safety, sensors, capacitors and resistors will be covered in this class. Ages 8+ Cost: Museum admission plus $10 material fee.
Intro to Laser Cutting Thursday, August 9 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Get acquainted with the Museum’s newest addition to our Maker Space – a laser cutter! Learn how it works and help create a project. Ages 6+ Cost: Museum admission plus $5 material fee.
School Age Summer Camps
Ages 6-12 Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For full details see the Summer Camp 2018 page.
Painting & Drawing Camp 1 — June 25-29
Adventureland Art Camp — July 9-13
Maker Camp — July 16-20
American Girl Camp — July 23-27
Painting & Drawing Camp 2 — July 30-Aug 3